Maidens and Dunure Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)

Introduction

This light railway line is closed. The line involved a number of large viaducts and featured an electric brae at Croy Brae (a location which gives the impression of going uphill while going downhill and vice versa in the reverse direction).

The famous Turnberry Hotel and golf course was built in association with this line.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Horwich Mogul 42809 passing Alloway Junction on 15 August 1959 with a Girvan goods. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
Nibbling has now started on the old M&D embankment north of the Maybole Road in Ayr to allow a new roundabout on the A77. [See image 50406] ...
Colin Miller 29/03/2015
The MDLR trackbed between the hedges looking west from Dunure Road on the south side of Ayr on a murky 26 December 2014. Sustrans is said to be ...
Colin Miller 26/12/2014
View towards Alloway Junction over the Maybole Road on 21 February 2015. The vegetation is cleared - and next probably the bulldozers will be in to ...
Colin Miller 21/02/2015

B1 4-6-0 61261 on the Heads of Ayr to Edinburgh Princes Street (SO) train at Greenhill Avenue over bridge in the early 1960s. [Ref query 11 October ...
Bill Hamilton //
BR Standard tank 80051 with a Heads of Ayr - St Enoch train, photographed between Alloway station and Alloway Junction in the summer of 1961. [Ref ...
Bill Hamilton /07/1961
Memorial window in Alloway Parish Church to William Smith Dixon of 'Dixon's Blazes', which once lit up the sky on the south side of Glasgow... as ...
Colin Miller 08/08/2015
This view was taken of the construction of the Dunure tunnel roof - cut and cover. Difficult lighting here confused the camera - hence black and ...
Colin Miller 19/06/2016

This pair of sidings was to the east of Heads of Ayr [2nd]. The sidings were served from the east.
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46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' was purchased by Butlins in October 1964. The locomotive was delivered to Greenan Goods on the Maidens and Dunure line. ...
Bill Hamilton /10/1964
At the end of the trackbed path looking west. Ahead the infilled bridge under the Ayr - Dunure A719 - from the other side of the blockage, [see image ...
Colin Miller 28/12/2014
Revealed by the die-back of vegetation, the ramp of the loading bank at Greenan Siding between Alloway and Heads of Ayr in February 2015. The location ...
Colin Miller 27/02/2015



The former house of the stationmaster at Dunure, confusingly at Fisherton. The station was also here, a fair distance from and height above Dunure. ...
Colin Miller 17/06/2016
View north over the island platform of Dunure station in 1997. The goods yard was at high level to the right where housing now stands. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
A surviving truss girder bridge spanning a burn south of Dunure on the former Maidens and Dunure Light Railway. Photographed on 8 February 2011. ...
Colin Miller 08/02/2011
Although the station closed to passengers in 1930, the entry to the long-gone stairway to Dunure's island platform remains in 2011. The cutting below ...
Colin Miller 08/02/2011



Morriston Overbridge south of Culzean, constructed in the same manner as Alloway Tunnel. View looks south. ...
Colin Miller 02/06/2016
Looking south at Glenside on the M&D in January 2015. The yard and loading bank stood to left, with the single track main line dropping down on the ...
Colin Miller 30/01/2015
The station at Glenside stood at the entrance to Culzean Castle, seat of the Marquis of Ailsa, and he had his own private waiting room. Nothing ...
Colin Miller 30/01/2015
The trackbed south of Glenside station passes over a culvert, seen here on 30 January. To the north, the single 'main line' has been infilled and ...
Colin Miller 30/01/2015

Morriston bridge, north of Maidens, showing the construction of the deck - girders with brick arches between, the same method as used in the ...
Colin Miller 02/06/2016
The northern abutment of the old railway bridge that once carried the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway over the A719 north of Maidens station [see ...
Colin Miller 03/01/2015
A January 2015 view showing the surviving southern abutment of the double track bridge that carried the railway over the A719 north of Maidens station ...
Colin Miller 03/01/2015
The east facing view of light railway engineering at the Morriston farm bridge, north of Maidens, on 29 February 2012. ...
Colin Miller 29/02/2012

Another 'light railway' underbridge for a farm road immediately south of Turnberry Station site in May 2014. ...
Colin Miller 11/05/2014
Designed by James Miller, built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company and opened in 1906 as the Station Hotel, Turnberry. View from the ...
Colin Miller 11/05/2014
The main entrance to Turnberry - at the back of the building, where the covered passageway used to lead from the station. To the left of the entrance, ...
Colin Miller 11/05/2014
The northern abutment of the MDLR bridge over the A77 just south of Turnberry Station in 2010. [See image 42756] ...
Colin Miller 09/04/2010


This siding was located on the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway. Access was from the north. The siding served ICI Grangestone which had both a standard gauge and narrow gauge network. See that entry for more details.
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At this junction the Girvan and Portpatrick Railway (1877) met the Maybole and Girvan Railway (1860).
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A 101 runs north past Girvan Junction. The train is approaching from Girvan (New) station on the line to Stranraer. The original terminus was to the ...
Ewan Crawford //
DMU passing Girvan goods branch. ...
Ian Dinmore //
Looking south at Girvan Junction. The line in the distance to the right ran to the original Girvan terminus. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/03/1988